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Isaac Asimov. Published by Gnome Press, New York, 1951-1954
An exceptional and RARE set, all three books having been SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR Isaac Asimov to the same lady in the most intriguing and charming manner - "Foundation" SIGNED AND INSCRIBED "For Laura Jean a passionate Southern gal Isaac Asimov", "Foundation and Empire" SIGNED AND INSCRIBED "For Laura Jean a persistent Southern gal Isaac Asimov", and "Second Foundation " SIGNED AND INSCRIBED "For Laura Jean a married Southern gal Isaac Asimov". Ah, to have been a witness to THAT book signing, where the sparks were obviously flying ! All three books stated Gnome Press First Editions, "Foundation" in dark blue boards with red lettering at spine, thinner and narrower paper and with dust jacket too large for this thinner book, although stating First Edition 1951 on CP is actually the 1954 2nd Edition. Book is Very Good, pages browning, slight toning to edges of end pages, top edge dusty, in a Very Good dust jacket, priced $2.75 front flap, small chips at spine ends and flap fold tips. "Foundation and Empire", 1952, is First Edition, First State in original red cloth, in Second Issue dust jacket in blue tones. Book is Very Good, pages uniformly browning. In Near Fine dust jacket, small chips top and bottom edges rear panel at spine. "Second Foundation", 1953. is First Edition, First State in original light blue boards, spine stamped in brown, Very Good, cloth a bit rubbed at spine ends, light toning to end pages at edges, top edge soiled, in a Very Good dust jacket, 1/2" chip top edge front panel at spine, light edge wear and soiling. Overall a Very Good set, with incredible and unique Asimov inscriptions, of this towering classic of the science fiction genre that continues to remain fresh and current. Apple is currently in cooperation with Skydancer Television to present a TV series adaptation of FOUNDATION, which has been put in development for straight-to-series consideration. And earlier this year SpaceX sent copies of FOUNDATION TRILOGY into space inside Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster, with its dummy driver "Starman" behind the wheel and blasting out David Bowie ! Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Genre: Science Fiction
Little & Sprague ( Photographers ). Published by Little & Sprague, Pleasant Hill, MO, No Date, circa 1869
No Date, circa 1869, what is now called the Hannibal Bridge saw construction begin in 1867 and finish in 1869. Titled "Kansas City Railroad and Carriage Bridge" under photo, "Little & Sprague, Pleasant Hill, MO" right margin, in fine print under left side of photo "Total Length 1,395 Feet" and :"PACAN & WINANS (illegible)" under right side of photo. Verso appears to have a map in faint pencil of the area of the bridge. Very Good, dark spot to margin left edge. Size: 2 1/2" x 4".
Genre: Western Americana
Gene Kranz. Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 2000
RARE. SIGNED BY AUTHOR Gene Kranz and additionally SIGNED by an All-Star roster of historic NASA Flight Directors- Chris Kraft, Glynn Lunney, Milton Windler, Pete Frank, and Gerry Griffin, at the half-title page under the heading FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION, the credo by which these six heroes lived and worked. Gene Kranz was the flight director for Apollo 11 and 13 and a co-recipient ( along with Griffin, Lunney, and Windler ) of the 1970 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Chris Kraft was NASA's 1st flight director, directing the 1st manned spaceflight, orbital spaceflight, and space walk. He invented the concept of Mission Control. Glynn Lunney was a flight director during Apollo and Gemini. He managed the Space Shuttle program and later the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. Milton Windler was a flight director from 1959-1978, including Apollos 8, 10, 11, 14, and 15, and all three Skylab missions and a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. Pete Frank was flight director for Apollo 14 and 16, both moon landings. Gerry Griffin was flight director for all of the Apollo Program manned missions, including all nine manned missions to the moon, six of which included lunar landings. A truly historic set of signatures. The book is a First Printing with complete number row 10-1, Near Fine, slight top corner bump, in a Near Fine dust jacket, very slight rubs at the tips. A truly unique NASA item. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Genre: NASA, Space Exploration
Wall, Bernhardt. Published by Bernhardt Wall, No Place, No Date, circa 1933-1942
A set of 26 pencil SIGNED individual drypoint etchings plus the unsigned title page etching to Wall's book "Following Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865". With tissue guards for all but 3 of the etchings, all of the etchings are Fine, No Date, circa 1933-1942. On heavy laid paper, the sheets ranging in size from 8 1/2" x 9 3/4" to 10" x 12 1/2". Each etching with small "Lilly Library" stamp verso at corner, the whole set housed in a plain manila envelope marked "Dups.". A unique array of Wall's Lincoln etchings that could, if matted and framed, grace the walls of any Lincoln collection. Uncommon.
Genre: Abraham Lincoln, Art
Ernst H. Diepholz. Published by Gottinger Automobil - Club, Gottingen, Germany, 1927
RARE TLS from Ernst H. Diepholz, Generalvertreter fur Deutschland, B.S.A Motor Bicycles, under his company letterhead, dated 24th Nov., 1927, to British motorcycle racer R.E. Atkinson. Herr Diepholz begins the letter by congratulating Atkinson on his win at that year's Hainberg Rennen ( Atkinson was the winner of the Class B 350ccm race). He then goes on to inform him that B.S.A. is sending him "some spares for your machine free of charge". And concludes by offering to give Atkinson "a special 350 ccm BSA Super Sport motorcycle" should he be willing to enter "the Grand Prix of Europe for motorcycles (which) takes place on the Nurnberg Ring near Cologne on the 2nd or 3rd of July". Those races in 1928 would have marked the 2nd year of racing at Nurburgring ( if they were held- I am unable to find any information on motorcycle races winners, etc.). Along with what were apparently Atkinson's RARE programs for the Hainberg Rennen, the 5th and 6th in this series of hill climb races held in Gottingen, Germany, on May 7th and 8th, 1927 and May 5th and 6rth, 1928. Both programs Near Fine, Dapolin Benzin ( gasoline) advertising sticker front cover 1927 program and rear cover 1928 program., marginal pencil notations with times and other information on the races. Atkinson's name does not appear in the 1928 6. program, however the marginal notations do show him with the fastest time for the 1927 race. A unique and RARE collection of early European motorcycle racing ephemera. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Genre: Motorcycle and Auto Racing